The Eckerd men’s tennis team fell 4-3 to South Eastern University during a home game on Feb. 25.

The team held some initial momentum throughout doubles, winning a few sets and looking strong. But they couldn’t hold the momentum, and eventually let sets slip to players from the opposing team.

With a team of only six players as opposed to the standard 15, players had to give it their all, specifically junior Will Stone and first-year Sam Walker, who pushed the game to the last moments.

“I think there’s something to be said about having a small team, and having the camaraderie, the fight every single week, day in and day out,” Men's and Women's Tennis Head Coach Ben Maxwell. “Having a team of six guys, it allows me to have that more intimate one-on-one relationship rather than having a big roster.”

Maxwell proved his words and took the time to check in on every player throughout the doubles and singles matches, providing insight and encouragement to sometimes shift the tides and win a set for Eckerd. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.

Losing the first two matches stings, but the team holds out hope for the rest of the season.

“[It’s] a testament to these guys, and to us as a team, as we continue to work hard,” Maxwell said.

The Tritons’ next game is today at the Frank Bullard Courts at 1 p.m.

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